Emma Potter was born in Albuquerque, NM, but has mostly grown up in Tucson, AZ. As a Junior in both Chemistry and Veterinary Science, she has participated in a wide variety of experiences, including working as a veterinary assistant for the past two years. Her honors thesis research with Dr. Nancy Odegaard focuses on polyethylene degradation in Tucson, AZ environmental conditions (solar irradiance, humidity, and temperature). Simultaneously, Emma is finishing a NASA-supported research project with Dr. Muralidharan and his colleagues that explores the effects of cobalt-60 source gamma irradiation of optical materials and the effectiveness of new shielding materials. During spring break, she and her lab group ran the radiation testing on these materials in Colorado Springs. Emma also enjoys volunteering at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to care for the stingrays, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. She has a passion for reptiles especially; she owns a pet California Kingsnake named Santiago. This year, Emma is applying to veterinary schools to continue her education after she graduates.